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Frequently Asked Questions
About Cockroaches


What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects so they prefer to remain in dark moist areas and runs away when exposed to light.

Young roaches only need a crack about 0.5 mm wide to crawl while males can squeeze into 1.6 mm crack.

Some roaches can remain alive without consuming food for a month but only 1 week without water.

They can breathe without head.

They live for a maximum of 1 year. However, roaches continue to reproduce because females mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives with approximately 300-400 offspring.

Where do roaches live?

A well sanitized and hygienic home can still be infested with cockroaches due to minute deposits of grease, sugar and other food deposits in the most difficult places to reach like drains, kitchen cupboards, dishwashers and behind kitchen appliances like refrigerators.

It is a myth that roaches only live in dirty homes. The only difference is, in dirty homes, they have larger colonies but in a clean house, there may be fewer colonies but are still present because of the large food supply available.

What diseases can we get from roaches?

Cockroaches are carriers of serious diseases such as salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis, asthma, hepatitis virus, and even typhoid fever.

Why do roaches get attracted to the scent of baits? How does a bait work?

Roaches primarily come out for water, not food but they love the smell of baits and are highly attracted to it because it smells like their mother roach. A single roach that would eat this bait will go back to its nesting site and its droppings, which other roaches will feed, will kill about 40 more roaches. Each of those roaches again will kill another 40 and so on and so forth. The cycle will continue until most adults are killed.

How to prevent cockroaches?

  1. Give your home a general cleaning-make real through! Don't forget to vacuum small spaces and cracks because tiny crumbs may settle there.

  2. Cover, seal, and put away food when not in use using tight sealed containers.

  3. Wash the table, counter tops and other surfaces after eating.

  4. Eliminate all sources of standing water. Do not leave wet dishes soaking and fix leaks and drips on your faucets as well.

  5. Make sure that your trash bins are always with the lid on.

  6. Use roach traps or other insecticides like Pest-Off Roach Trap, Pest-Off Cockroach Gel, Pest-Off Ant and Roach Killer Chalk and Pest-Off Complete Insect Killer to manage and kill these pesky roaches inside and outside your home.

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